creatures are tall and bold humanoids that live only in mountainous terrain.
Their skin has adapted to the harsh environment and has become almost immune to
the cold. Their skin is grey and has an uneven surface, giving them a savage
appearance but also making the Asgrums able to disguise while scouting in
mountains above the valleys. Silverwhite lumps of thick hair grow on parts of
their body, along their spine from the back of the skull to the loin. Lumps of
hair grow on top of hands and feet. Their jaw is full of sharp teeth.
Asgrum are excellent huntsmen and herdsmen, keeping flocks of elk, musk oxen
and mountain sheep. The Asgrum eat almost every meal raw, but enjoy a shared
meal with the available seasonings around the fire.
in tribes of aprox. 20 adults guided by one leader. They favor finely stitched
furs used for sleeping areas and products, often arctic fox, ermine or
bearskin. Some wear cloth bandanas to protect their bold head for various harsh
winds. Most elders and children use fur to keep themselves warm, while the rest
of the tribe walks almost naked.
Male Asgrums hunt in packs, lying in wait in
rifts with their senses awake for
potential prey crossing the valley or forest below them.
They live a nomadic life, travelling the
mountains in search of the next cave to inhabit until food resources are to
fade again. Every cave is left with a memorial inscription in the eastern wall.
A symbol resembles each day the cave was lair to the tribe. The oldest member
of the tribe completes the inscription on the day of departure. The ancient
ritual involves an animal sacrifice, and sometimes a tribe-member is left
behind if he/she is too weak or too old to continue.
place great stock in clan and family; life in the mountains teaches even the
youngest to rely completely on his fellows for a hand across a mountain rift.
They are thou very unsympathetic and principled when it comes to tribe-members
who can’t contribute to the well being of the tribe. The old, weak and sick is
left behind in a sanctified cave to die in peace. To die in a cave inscribed
with the symbols of the gods is seen as the last honourable act a man can do.
The Asgrum are used to hunt everything they
see and can therefore seem bewildered when encountering other humanoid races.
tribe has a shaman who fulfils multiple functions, such as healing, curing
infertile women and securing success of hunts. In several Asgrum culturen, it
is believed that every Asgrum has two souls, a body soul and a free soul. It is
the free soul, which undertakes spirit journeys to the gods. Usually one or two
others guard the body of the shaman during spirit journeys. The presence of a
free soul prevents the Asgrum to become ill or sick, it is believed that the
free soul of an insufficient Asgrum has left to join an animal instead.
Asgrum usually have one God per animalfamily. When travelling between caves in
the mountains, the Asgrum is in hope for possible animals granted to them by
their gods. When a herd of elk or deer produce enough food for a tribe, the God
of the Antlers is praised, when a herd of musk oxen is encountered and hunted,
the God of Ox is praised.
believed amongst the Asgrum, that an animal is a free soul imprisoned in an
animal body, and that the soul can return to the original subject of the soul
only when the heart of the animal has been removed and crushed. The blood is
thereafter smeared into the face of the hunter as a sign of honour and acts of
ritual is performed when approaching already inhabited caves. The blood signal
that they are people of good acts.
that live near humans, are often hunted and driven away. Some of these Asgrum
tribes believe that, by eating the body of another human, they can posses the
strength of the human, and thereby out power the civilized people.
tribe, by the name of their leader Inuq, are the largest tribe of Asgrum. They
proudly fight other humanoids.